kansas association of teachers of science


  • 12 Sep 2018 9:07 PM | Anonymous member

    The Mohling Award for science educators has a deadline approaching soon - September 23rd. Go to the Mohling website, http://www.wendellmohlingfoundation.com/ or contact the foundation at mohlingfoundation@gmail.com for more information.

  • 12 Sep 2018 8:56 PM | Anonymous member

    Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is NOW open! @NationalParkTrust’s contest is open to all Title I schools (40% of students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch) and school groups in the U.S. in grades preK through 12. The goal of the contest is to help educators engage students with their local parks through education, outdoor recreation, and stewardship. Contest closes on February 14, 2019, with winners announced on the website on March 7, 2019. To download your entry form and apply -- and to review contest details, sample entries, and past winners -- go to http://bit.ly/KTPScience . Good luck to everyone!

  • 11 Sep 2018 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    My name is Sara Abeita, and I am a Biology teacher at Free State High School in Lawrence Kansas. I am also a member of the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers (KABT) and wanted to share with you about our upcoming Fall Professional Development Conference, which is coming up on September 22nd. The conference will be held at the KU Field Station's Armitage Education Center in Lawrence Kansas from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

    I know that a full Saturday is hard to give up, but I feel that this conference is a low-cost and high-value opportunity for Biology educators to learn and collaborate. I have attended the conference the last five years and always walk away with new things to try in my classroom. KABT is full of passionate and motivated practicing educators that push me to improve my teaching. It costs $15 to attend the conference, with an optional KABT membership for additional $15. Lunch will be provided during the conference and all presenter resources will be shared via a google drive folder. 

    I linked a flier and schedule for the event, and hope that you consider attending. There is more information available at kabt.org or on our facebook page. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and to forward this on to other educators who you think would benefit from the conference. 

    Thank you!


    Sara Abeita

    Lawrence Free State High School

    Biology Teacher

    Knowles Teaching Fellow 

  • 11 Sep 2018 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am happy to announce a partnership with Fort Hays State University (FHSU) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to provide an online science professional development opportunity for K-12 science educators in Kansas.


    This would be a great opportunity for a number of different science education needs I often hear working with buildings and districts across the state.


    • The online study would be a great opportunity for building or district science task force leaders.
    • This opportunity is particularly helpful for rural school districts where travel for professional development may be more difficult.
    • Elementary, middle, and high school educators teaching science will be served in this opportunity.
    • District science curriculum leaders will get a great overview with resources to help your district.
    • Learn how to better use the resources you have in your school district no matter how old or new they may be. PD is still needed to know how to make better use of those resources!


    KSDE and FHSU will be sponsoring 50 participants for this opportunity and we are excited to pull state and national science education expertise for this event. 


    Please find more information using the link below and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration.





    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.

    Science Education Consultant

    Career Standards & Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108



    Kansas State Department of Education


  • 05 Sep 2018 4:25 PM | Anonymous member

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Now accepting applications for 2019


    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2018) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.edu/18-19_news

    Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://GFP.MiamiOH.edu/18-19_news

    Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2019 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu/18-19_news

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

  • 20 Aug 2018 6:12 PM | Anonymous member

    Learn how to use the environment to engage children in learning - both outside and indoors! Learn how EE and formative assessments can help you with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and making science more accessible and equitable! DEADLINE: AUGUST 23!


  • 25 Jul 2018 12:09 PM | Anonymous member

    CH500 Fall2018 Nuclear Chemistry & Radiation Safety will be an online 3 hours course offered through Emporia State University.  It will cover topics like  Atomic and Nuclear Structure & Radioactive decay, Interactions of Radiation with Matter, Types and Sources of High Energy Radiations in the Environment, Radiation Safety & Shielding, Medical Radioactive Isotopes and Application of Nuclear Technologies.  There is a prerequisite of Calculus I, Physics II or Chemistry II or the consent of the instructor, Bindu KC, PHD Nuclear Physics Physical Sciences Department, Emporia State University bkc@emporia.edu.  Information about enrolling can be found at https://www.emporia.edu/regist/enroll/

    Link to graduate school admissions: https://www.emporia.edu/grad/admissions/

  • 18 Jul 2018 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here for the summer 2018 Ad Astra Newsletter.

    Features include:

    • 2018 Galaxy Forum travels with Juno to Jupiter, then puts eyes on the Sun

    • Kansas astronaut will launch to International Space Station in October

    • 2018 Randall Chambers Award winners

    • Interested in rocketry?  Check these out...

    • KU mini-satellite launch is on the horizon

    • Teachers can see free educational documentaries...

    • In memoriam...

    Information provided by Jeanette Steinert
  • 16 Jul 2018 4:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TEACHERS--You are invited to the 2018 Galaxy Forum


    Current theory is that Jupiter formed just after our Sun.  At one time Jupiter and the Sun were two big gaseous masses competing for dominance.  The Sun exploded first….

    To find out what happened next—come to the FREE 2018 Galaxy Forum to be heldat the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 1-3 p.m.

                           Eyes on Jupiter and the Sun  


    Purpose:  To provide teachers with timely information to take back to the classroom on advances in the thriving field of solar system space exploration



    Teachers will:

    1.     Be updated as to current scientific theory about the formation of our solar system.

    2.     Learn the latest discoveries concerning Jupiter.

    3.     Receive an overview of the Sun and its processes.

    4.     Be familiarized with the newest technologies being used to explore our solar system.

    5.     Be provided materials for classroom use.


    Teachers can correlate with state science standards. Correlates to MS-ESS1-3, HS-ESS1-1, HS-ESS1-2, HS-SS1-3

    Certificates of attendance will be available. Q and A after each presentation. Open to both students and teachers. Geared towards middle school on up.


    This event is FREE of charge.  Space is limited.  To reserve seating and to help with count for materials preparation, send name, school and number attending to jeanettesteinert@att.net. Also, feel free to forward any questions to the same e-mail address.


    BRIGHT IDEA:  Also attend one of the Aug. 11 “Space Next” free documentary screenings for teachers provided by the Cosmosphere at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. We will close out the Galaxy Forum at 2:50 to allow for teachers who want to attend the 3 p.m. showing.  For more info, go to cosmo.org/exhibitions/theater


    The Speakers and Topics:


    “The Outer Planets in the Context of the Formation of the Solar System”


    Dr. Thomas Cravensof the University of Kansas has a 30-year career in astrophysics. He has worked with NASA’s Pioneer, Maven, Cassini and Juno missions, as well as theoretical modeling of atmospheres and ionospheres of Jupiter’s and other planets’ moons.  Solar wind interaction with planetary bodies is another of his research specialties. He is author of the introductory textbook “Physics of Solar System Plasmas”, published by the University of Cambridge, U.K.

    “Exploration of Jupiter by Spacecraft including NASA’s Juno Mission”

     Stephen Houston, a Tribune native, earned a B.S. in physics from K-State in 2015. Currently a fourth-year grad student in space plasma physics at KU, Houston has been working with data from the Juno spacecraft ever since it arrived at Jupiter in 2016.  Working with NASA and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab scientists on this project, his focus is data from the JEDI / JADE instruments, which sample electric fields, plasma waves and particles around Jupiter to determine how its magnetic field is connected to the atmosphere, and especially the auroras (Northern and Southern Lights). 

    Exploration of the Sun: Inside and Out”

    Caleb Gimar, a Hutchinson native, earned his Bachelor’s in physics at Wichita State University, and is now a grad student in physics there.  He will speak on what we know, what we want to know about the sun and highlight two solar projects—the soon-to-be-launched Parker Solar Probe and a new NASA project awarded to WSU to design a neutrino spacecraft to study the sun’s interior. Gimar is part of that design team.

    The Ad Astra Kansas Foundation  is a non-profit organization focused on promoting science in Kansas, especially the space sciences. This FREE educational event is sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation to enrich science education in Kansas.  Find us at www.adastra-ks.org  and on Facebook.

  • 30 May 2018 5:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2018 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference: STEM Powered

    K-12 Math and Science Break Out Groups for Personalized Learning

    Meet the Science Presenters

    Registration Closing June 1, 2018


    June 18-19: Newman University, 3100 McCormick Ave., Wichita KS                  

    Dedicated content area experts will work with attendees to address instructional and content shifts reported as being most challenging. Bring your team or just yourself. Either way, you will walk away with your plan to move instruction to the next level this coming fall. 

    During these two days of intense professional learning, you will:

    Network with some of the best math and science teachers in Kansas;

    Acquire ideas and tools from Kansas math and science education researchers;

    Dig deep into strategies to move your classroom, building, and district closer to 
    your vision for math and science education;

    Take your teaching to the next level.

    College Credit is available through Friends University.  

    KEEN members will have the opportunity to invite an award-worthy colleague who is not a KEEN member to attend this conference. Please refer to registration fees below.

    Conference Registration Fees

    The fee structure is noted below.

    KEEN Member Registration Fee                                $50

    Non-KEEN Member Registration Fee                        $75

    Presidential Awards Dinner ONLY                             $25

    Conference registration fee includes, the two day conference, lunch each day and snacks in the afternoon. The fee also includes the awards dinner on Monday evening honoring the 2018 Presidential Awards nominees and finalists.  Please indicate on the registration portal if you plan to attend the awards banquet.

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